Elizabeth Milroy teaches courses in the history of Western art in the modern period, with a specialty in art and material culture in North America (the United States, Mexico and Canada) from the colonial period to the 20th century. She coedited the anthology Reading American Art, which is now a standard textbook in the field.
Professor Milroy’s current research focuses on the history of cultural spaces, specifically public parks and historic sites in the city of Philadelphia. Her new book, The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will be published in spring, 2016, by Penn State University Press. The book has been awarded the David Coffin Publication Grant from the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, and a Furthermore publication grant from the Kaplan Foundation. Professor Milroy has also published and lectured widely on such artists as Thomas Eakins, Frederick Law Olmsted and Emma Stebbins, on the history of art museums and exhibitions, and on the history of public parks. She has organized exhibitions in the United States and Canada, notably Painters of a New Century: The Eight and American Art, for the Milwaukee Art Museum, which traveled to the National Gallery of Canada, the Denver Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. From 2012 to 2015, she was the Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Professor Milroy has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society (Mellon fellowship), and the Library Company of Philadelphia (Mellon fellowship). She serves on the editorial board ofChange Over Time, and from 2012-15 was the Executive Editor of Winterthur Portfolio.